Neuropathic pain occurs in 20-50% of women who have been treated for breast cancer. Because narcotics are often ineffective for this pain and can cause significant side effects, effective non-pharmacologic options are being sought. Canadian researchers showed significant improvement in pain severity and interference in the lives of women who participated in MBSR. While needing follow-up with larger studies, this study is the first to show changes in the brain associated with symptom improvement in this population.
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